What is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K exists in three forms; K1 is the natural form from plants that is stored in the liver, K2 is formed by intestinal bacteria, and K3 which is a water-soluble synthetic form. Vitamin K requirements are met 50:50 by diet and intestinal bacteria.
Why do we need it?
- Blood clotting disorders
- Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
- Floaters in the eye
- Prevention of calcium oxalate kidney stones
Where do we get it?
We can get a good intake of vitamin K from the following foods:
- Turnip greens
- Beef liver
- Cheddar cheese
How do you know if you could be deficient in it?
There are some signs of vitamin K deficiency including:
- Common signs of deficiency include:
- Easy bleeding
- Inappropriate bruising
- Vitamin K deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, due to vitamin K’s role in calcification of bone.
Source: The Nutritional Therapy Association